In reply Andy Lloyd fell early but then Steve Jones and
Steve Pugh looked as if they could build a substantial partnership. Jonah
stroked a couple of majestic fours but then in trying to drive another got an
edge and was well caught in the slips. With John Fawcett falling cheaply the
score was 57 - 3 with the game in the balance. At this point Wendell Wagner
was replaced by Chris Speake who immediately had 21 taken off his first over
by Statto. Unfortunately this forced the Reman skipper to recall Wagner.
Madeley had reached 92 - 3 off only 17 overs and were in a good position. With
sensible batting surely we could manage another 70 runs off 33 overs. Not a
chance. Verbal flayed at one outside the off stump and was well caught in the
slips. The bowler then gave Dinesh the 'coordinates' of the man standing on
the boundary at cow corner. 'Dishy' got it spot on, the fielder taking the
catch to stop the ball going down his throat. Jason Willets soon followed
flashing outside his off stump.
Statto was still
at the other end so we still had a bit of a chance but then he went to a
somewhat dubious decision. He dug out a yorker the ball hitting bat and the
side of his foot and the umpire decided that the ball hadn't touched the
ground. No cameras or third umpires here so Steve had to go.
Five wickets had fallen for 6 runs. The skipper and Boss
both went quickly and it was left to Andy Pugh and Jamie Lloyd to score 60 for
the last wicket. A couple of straight drive boundaries from Andy and a cover
drive from Jamie raised some hopes but the impossible was not about to happen
and we were all out for 116.
A very disappointing result to a game which was
eminently winnable. At 92 - 3 we needed to occupy the crease and see off their
main bowler. Reman were on the ropes, their skipper was put in a position
where he had to bring back Wagner just one over after giving him a rest. Play
out another 20 overs, take the score to 120 - 130 but keep wickets in hand.
Not to be I'm afraid, a bit of nouse didn't happen.
All ten wickets were out to catches. An unusual stat but
one that probably says it all.